Pats draw Drew [5:19 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"We have to focus on beating the Buffalo Bills. It doesn't matter who their quarterback is," Pats receiver Troy Brown said.'
Bigger than Drew [5:18 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'It is most likely already over for the Patriots. They'll probably need to win at least seven and maybe eight of their remaining nine games just to sneak into the playoffs.'
Time to face the facts [5:17 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'This could be a rallying point, but it seems the last thing Belichick would do at this point is invoke Bledsoe as a means of motivating his team. That might not work anyway, given the strong ties many of his players have to their former teammate.'
Staggering Patriots' Next Move: Prepare For Bledsoe [5:16 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"You've got to get pressure on him," said Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, who pledges to help make his friend Bledsoe's answering machine overflow with messages this week. "Every play I've seen on the highlight films, he's able to step up in the pocket and throw the ball downfield."'
Bills braced for Bledsoe's big week [5:01 AM]
AP reports: 'That hasn't stopped local radio stations from referring to this as ''Bledsoe Week,'' or a number of Boston media outlets from sending reporters to Buffalo for the game against Detroit. Bills fans have had this game circled on their calendars since Buffalo acquired Bledsoe in a trade last April, a move that prompted immediate lineups at the ticket windows. And it's a game that has even more meaning now that Bledsoe has rejuvenated the Bills, erasing the memories of last year's dreadful 3-13 finish.'
Slumping champs hint at subpar effort [5:00 AM]
AP reports: '''We had some chances to make some big plays in the game that we were close on but we just didn't make them.'''
Bills get defensive in taming Lions [7:55 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We’re a solid team, but we have to continue to improve. By no means are we one of the best teams in the National Football League right now.”'
Confident Harrington kept poise despite Lions’ struggles [7:53 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“They played better than us,” Harrington said. “I can’t give you an exact answer, I only know what I feel, and I feel like we couldn’t move the ball. I feel like we were on the verge of clicking. But it didn’t happen. It just didn’t click.”'
Centers’ streak ends at 143 games [7:51 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It just didn’t happen for me to catch the ball, but the good news is we came away with a win.”'
Bills place Robertson on reserve list [7:39 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills placed defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson on the reserve/non-football illness list Monday after he completed a four-game NFL suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.'
No bucking this trend - Answers not forthcoming [5:55 PM]
Boston Globe reports: This morning the Patriots are two games out of first place in the AFC East and a game and a half behind the second-place Buffalo Bills. The Bills are 5-3 because Belichick gave aid and comfort to the enemy when he turned Drew Bledsoe over to them. Bledsoe has now thrown for more than 300 yards in half the games he's played this season and his team is a half-game out of first place with the season half gone and the Patriots heading to Ralph Wilson Stadium next Sunday.
Bills Notebook: Injured Players Scheduled To Return To Practice [5:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Gregg Williams on the team's progress: "This is the midway point of the season. We've got a bunch of tough matchups here. We've made some progress but we can't stay where we're at. If we don't improve… The good teams will start to stand out in November and December. The teams that show up in November and December give you a chance to play in January. So we've got a long ways to go."
The Bills might have to be taken seriously [3:57 PM]
AP reports: 'What makes the plot more intriguing are the troubles of the Patriots, who have lost four straight games. It lets second-guessers wonder whether New England should have dealt Bledsoe, especially to a team in its own division, and kept Tom Brady.'
Favre Tops Midseason Awards [3:18 PM]
NFL.com reports: OFFENSIVE MVP: Drew Bledsoe -- His career has been reborn in Buffalo and the Bills might return to the glory days of Jim Kelly and company. Drew leads the NFL in passing and the 23-10 victory against the Dolphins in Miami convinced me he's worthy of this award. He's on course for 5,000 yards passing, and 32 touchdowns. Both would be career highs!
Bills settling into victory routine [1:44 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The Bills let Detroit stay around a little longer than they would have liked, but put them away at the end. And that, more than the scorching early-season overtime wins over Minnesota and Chicago, makes this surprising 5-3 start more than a fluke.'
Lions Fall to Bills, 24-17 [1:26 PM]
LionsFans.com reports: 'The real difference in this ballgame was the quarterback play. While Drew Bledsoe turned in another outstanding performance, going 21-of-36 for 302 yards and a touchdown (94.9 rating), Harrington struggled, putting together a 20-42 performance for just 199 yards one touchdown and one interception (59.5 rating).'
Game Notebook vs. Detroit Lions [12:20 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Eric Moulds and Peerless Price are still #1 and #2 in the NFL in receiving yards with 785 and 743, respectively. Moulds & Price rank #2 and #3 in the NFL in receptions with 57 and 51, respectively, and they trail only Indy’s Marvin Harrison (58).
Buffalo Bills Geography Lesson #7 [11:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Buffalo Bills Geography is an educational program that integrates geography, language arts and math using the excitement of the NFL and the Buffalo Bills.
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Bledsoe continues brilliance [11:37 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'After knocking off wretched Detroit, a loser of 12 consecutive road contests, by a score of 24-17, the Bills are 5-3. And optimists, the ones with narrow September losses to the Jets and Broncos in mind, suggest that they could be 6-2 or even 7-1. And there are, chiefly, three reasons for this: a) Bledsoe, b) Bledsoe, and c) Bledsoe.'
Week 8 Game Highlights (Video) [11:15 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Watch video highlights of Sunday's win over the Lions.
Fourth-and-none [10:38 AM]
Oakland Press reports: '"We thought we had something there,'' Lions head coach Marty Mornhinweg said of the ill-fated play. "It was simple. We just didn't get it done. Good football teams make those plays."'
One block meant one yard [10:37 AM]
Oakland Press reports: 'But Ahanotu got a strong push off the snap and stood up Lions backup tackle Matt Joyce, playing because starter Stockar McDougle had gone out with a pulled right groin muscle. That gave the rest of Buffalo's defense enough time and space to collapse the play and drag down Stewart shy of the first down.'
High School Coach Of The Week - Week 8 [10:11 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Head coach John Faller of Sweet Home High School has been named the Buffalo Bills' high school football "Coach of the Week" for the eighth weekend of the 2002 season (Oct. 25-26). Sweet Home scored a 48-12 victory over Niagara-Wheatfield last Saturday, earning their eighth consecutive victory and their third undefeated regular season in school history. Their other unbeaten regular seasons came in 1969 and '96.
Natural Born Leader: London Fletcher [9:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The 2002 Buffalo Bills have invested in a new middleman. A man capable of bringing veteran leadership to a young emerging team and a man with the ability to motivate as well as dominate. To find just the right man the Bills looked to the Midwest, to the city of St. Louis. There they found what they needed in middle linebacker London Fletcher.
Heading in the right direction [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With their third straight win and Miami (5-2) idle, the Bills (5-3) are within a half-game of the Dolphins and focused on the much-anticipated meeting with the New England Patriots this week.'
Ignorance is blitz against Bledsoe [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The big thing is this team is starting to expect to win."'
Nerve-racking day can't stop Jennings [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a tough thing because I'm thinking about letting my teammates down and the fans down," Jennings said. "You're being pulled off on a cart and they think it's over for you. Most of my teammates don't know what's going on. I don't know what's going on. What you think about is getting back out there and helping the team."'
Harrington learns lesson the hard way [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But he's learning. Sunday was only his fifth start as a pro and he already has two wins, both of the come-from-behind variety.'
Moulds' talk with Faulk paying huge dividends [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He has an attitude about things," Moulds said. "Marshall said he leads the league in receiving and yardage, and it's still not good enough. I think that's the way you have to approach it if you want to be a solid player."'
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